CAGW Releases April 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 19, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its April WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its April edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Inspectors General Under Threat

By Curtis Kalin

One of the most effective tools for identifying and preventing waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government are the offices of Inspectors General (OIGs) at 72 federal departments and agencies.  Denial of documents or stonewalling of investigations impedes the OIGs work and puts taxpayer’s interests, as well as their money, at risk.  Read the full story here.

Sugar, ah, Funny Money!

By William M. Christian

In a March 2013 post on Swineline, CAGW took its first crack at a parody of the 1969 bubblegum classic, “Sugar, Sugar.”  Readers can decide for themselves whether the not-so-veiled indictment (“funny money”) pertains to either the $49 million in federal campaign donations that keep the sweet supports in place or the exorbitant amounts of taxpayer dollars that are lost on this boondoggle.  Read the full story here.

The Marlboro Man and the Blue Light

By Rachel Cole

The vapor product known as electronic cigarettes, “e-cigs,” first appeared on the market in 2007.  Although the e-cig market is still smaller than traditional cigarettes, sales grew by 23 percent in 2014 and are expected to surpass the cigarette market within the next decade.  As this product becomes more popular, the federal and state governments have begun to try and do what they do best – tax and regulate – even if they have a minimal understanding of the product.  Read the full story here.

Privacy’s Rookie Cop on the Beat

By Deborah Collier

Always the zealot when it comes to controlling all aspects of communications, on March 31, 2016, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for consumer privacy protections solely related to Internet service providers (ISPs).  Read the full story here.

Lawyering Up Over Labels

By Elizabeth Wright

On November 13, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule that would allow generic pharmaceutical firms to provide new safety information and update a drug’s label without first getting FDA approval, even though doing so would make it different from the reference drug’s (the original brand-name) label.  If the proposed rule should go in effect, it is conceivable that several versions of labels for the same medication could exist, creating uncertainty for physicians, pharmacists, and patients.  Read the full story here.

The Perilous Journey of the Lifeline Program

By Deborah Collier

There are times when the proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are like watching The Perils of Pauline.  Such was the case on March 31, 2016, when efforts to reform and improve the Lifeline program in a bipartisan and unanimous manner were railroaded into oblivion after numerous delays in convening a scheduled hearing.  Read the full story here.

Waste Land

By Andrew P. Nehring

In the land of the free, the federal government still controls more than 50 percent of all land west of Kansas.  The ongoing control of such a large part of the western states by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has been disastrous to the environment and the economy.  Read the full story here.

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